Multicultural education programs and resources

Resources and information to help schools build intercultural capability and strengthen inclusion.

Victoria is known for its multiculturalism. Victorian citizens come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and follow 135 different faiths. Cultural diversity is one of Victoria’s greatest assets.

Schools play a critical role in strengthening multicultural inclusion in our community by providing an environment where acceptance of diversity, knowledge of other cultures and an understanding of global and local issues can be developed.

Intercultural capability curriculum

The Intercultural capability curriculum enables students to explore their own and others’ cultural practices and cultural diversity in Australian society.

The curriculum promotes mutual respect and social cohesion and helps students to develop vital skills for living and working in a multicultural world.

Curriculum resources

Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC)

Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) is a specialised library for teachers in the areas of:

  • EAL
  • Languages
  • Cross curriculum priority areas
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Intercultural capability.

The library also has a wide range of culturally and linguistically diverse resources. LMERC staff can be contacted for advice about resources at LMERC and online.

FUSE- Global learning and engagement intercultural capability units

FUSE- Global learning and engagement intercultural capability units: a collection of units of work designed by teachers as part of the Intercultural Champions Project.

Global learning programs

Global learning programs: online teaching resources available to support teachers in delivering the intercultural capability curriculum.

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) resources

A range of intercultural capability - teaching resourcesincluding:

  • Navigating intercultural issues in the classroom - teacher guide
  • Primary poster - How do we talk about culture in the classroom?
  • Secondary poster - How do we talk about culture in the classroom?

External resources and programs

SBS Cultural Atlas

SBS - Cultural Atlas is an educational resource providing comprehensive information on the cultural background of Australia’s migrant populations.

Global Words

The fifteen units of work in Global Words have been produced by World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) to integrate the teaching and learning of English and Geography with global citizenship education.

Cool Australia

Cool Australia offers a range of curriculum aligned resources with the aim of building students’ capacity to be socially responsible global citizens.

Global Education Project

Global Education Project is a searchable database of resources about a range of global issues supported by case studies, country profiles and teaching activities.

Immigration Museum

The Immigration Museum offers a range of incursion and excursion activities for students, with teaching resources exploring the themes of immigration, cultural diversity and Australian identity.

Addressing racism

Racism is not tolerated in Victorian schools, however it continues to be a serious and persistent issue across society.

Experiences of racism can have significant detrimental impacts on mental health and contribute to marginalisation and isolation.

While incidents of racism may not always be occurring within school environments, these incidents can have significant impacts on student engagement and wellbeing.

Schools play a key role in preventing, identifying and responding to incidents of racism. By taking a proactive approach, schools can ensure that all students are respected, valued and treated equally.

There are a range of resources and programs available to support schools address racism and strengthen multicultural inclusion, these include:

Schools standing up to racism

The Schools standing up to racism resources were developed by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) to support schools to address racism and strengthen inclusion. The suite of resources include:

  • e-learning modules
  • factsheets
  • lesson plans
  • case studies
  • action plans
  • podcasts
  • videos.

This project was funded under the Victorian Anti Bullying and Mental Health Initiative (VABMHI).

Courage to care

Courage to care provides student workshops that use the Holocaust as a medium to explore racism, prejudice, discrimination and bullying.

Courage to Care offers participants practical tools to stand up against bullying and prejudice to empower participants to take positive action.

Bully Stoppers: Racist bullying resources

Bully Stoppers: Racist bullying resources are designed to support school leaders in their efforts to build an inclusive and respectful school culture and to effectively identify, prevent and respond to incidents of racist bullying.

This project was funded under the Victorian Anti Bullying and Mental Health Initiative (VABMHI).

Report racism line

The Report racism line: is available for students and families if they are not comfortable reporting an incident of racism to their school or are not happy with the school’s response.

J-Voice - Jewish student advisory group

Student voice, agency and leadership

J-Voice is a Jewish student advisory group, established by the United Jewish Education Board, to bring together Jewish students from primary and secondary Victorian government schools to share and discuss their experiences. Through a series of student-led and collaborative discussions the group will explore their experiences and ideas about safe, constructive and practical strategies schools are using or can use to address racial discrimination and antisemitism affecting Victorian students.

The students, through sharing their experiences and ideas, aim to benefit all students and schools by highlighting good practice already occurring and identify new ways to promote and enhance inclusive school communities.

External resources

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission can provide information regarding discrimination in education.

VicHealth - LEAD: School-based audit tool

Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD): - this tool can help schools to review existing policies, procedures and practices in order to address race-based discrimination.

Racism, No Way!

Racism, No Way!: anti-racism education resources for schools.

Racism. It Stops With Me

Racism. It Stops With Me - resources for schools, tips for bystanders, case studies and promotion materials featuring a diverse range of sporting celebrities.

SBS: Face up to racism

SBS: Face up to racism videos and classroom resource developed to support lessons challenging preconceptions around race and prejudice.

Australian Human Rights Commission resources

The Australian Human Rights Commission have created a range of resources, including:

Human rights education

Human rights recognise the inherent value of each person. They are based on principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect. The Australian Human Rights Commission have created the following resources:

An introduction to human rights and responsibilities

An introduction to human rights and responsibilities: these classroom resources provide students with the opportunity to explore the meaning of ‘rights’ and develop an understanding of human rights, and the responsibilities that complement them. .

The story of our rights and freedoms

The story of our rights and freedoms: designed to assist students in building a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities, and to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills to apply human rights in everyday life.

Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

Magna Carta: The story of our freedom online educational resources which explore the evolution of human rights .

Understanding human rights

Understanding human rights- designed to help students in years 9 and 10 understand basic human rights concepts, the origins of modern human rights, and how human rights apply to everyday life.

Annual events - celebrating cultural diversity

There are key dates and events throughout the year that provide schools with opportunities to celebrate cultural diversity and strengthen multicultural inclusion.

Schools are encouraged to involve their staff, students and communities in activities to raise awareness of these events through the school curriculum, extra-curricular activities and local events. Schools may wish to consider:

  • sharing books and stories
  • organising a film screening
  • holding school assemblies and concerts celebrating the cultural diversity of the local community
  • organising a school poetry or essay competition
  • exhibitions of student artwork.

Key dates

Cultural Diversity Week - March

Cultural Diversity Week: held in March each year, brings Victorians together to recognise the benefits of diversity and to showcase the many cultures that have shaped our Victorian identity.

Harmony Day - 21 March

Harmony Day is held on 21 March each year and celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. Coincides with Cultural Diversity Week.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - 21 March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is held on 21 March each year. It coincides with Cultural Diversity Week.

Refugee Week - June

Refugee Week is held in June each year. The week raises awareness about the issues affecting refugee communities and celebrates the positive contributions made by people from refugee backgrounds to Australian society.

World Refugee Day - 20 June

World Refugee Day is held on 20 June each year and coincides with Refugee Week.

Human Rights Day - 10 December

Human Rights Day is held on 10 December each year and commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Professional learning for teachers

Find information about professional learning for teachers in the EAL and multicultural education professional learning calendar

More information

For more information contact multicultural.education@education.vic.gov.au or read inclusive workplaces for the Department's policy and commitment to diversity and inclusion.